Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

241

Candi Staton: Candi Staton

Chris May By

Sign in to view read count
These are some of the finest soul recordings ever made, by an artist who stands head high with the great Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. If you love jazz, chances are you'll love this too.

Recorded from '69 to '73 for FAME Records in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, these are tough, funky, dirty, raw, proud, deep-groove, southern soul classics... twenty-six 2:40 masterpieces of the genre. The songs are mostly about love—found and lost—sung by a singer who lived every line in the lyrics, and sounded like it. If they had been recorded for Stax or Atlantic, they would be as celebrated today as "Respect" or "I Never Loved A Man" or "Try A Little Tenderness."

But although FAME, and Staton with them, had a heap of R&B chart hits, the label never achieved much crossover success. It was only when producer Rick Hall contracted Staton out to Warner Bros in '74 that she broke through to a wider audience with—for soul fans—inferior and increasingly discofied material. She's best known today for the '70s disco evergreen "Young Hearts Fun Free."

Staton began her career in gospel music. By her early teens she was touring with the Jewel Gospel Trio, the Jackson Five of late-'50s gospel, on packages headlined by the likes of Mahalia Jackson and the Staple Singers. At seventeen, tired of life on the road, she ran away with the Pilgrim Travelers' Lou Rawls and circa '68—following an abusive marriage, and four children, to another man—began singing rhythm and blues in Alabama clubs to make ends meet. FAME star Clarence Carter caught one of her gigs and hooked her up with Hall. Carter later married her, too, and wrote some of her best material, along with FAME staff writer George Jackson.

If you're not familiar with these tracks, check the titles and chances are you'll feel some of the soul already. I defy anyone to hear Staton's cover of "In The Ghetto" and not get a tear in the eye. But this is nonetheless powerfully cathartic and healing music, and it'll get you up and over just like it did with those other folks thirty years ago.

Visit Candi Staton on the web.


Track Listing: I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin'); Evidence; I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (Than A Young Man's Fool); The Best Thing You Ever Had; Someone You Use; That's How Strong My Love Is; Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man; He Called Me Baby; Sweet Feeling; Do Your Duty; Love Chain; Stand By Your Man; Heart On A String; Too Hurt To Cry; You Don't Love Me No More; My And Mrs Untrue; How Can I Put Out The Flame (When You Keep The Fire Burning); To Hear You Say You're Mine; Sure As Sin; What Would Become Of Me; In The Ghetto; Get It When I Want It; Freedom Is Beyond The Door; I'll Drop Everything And Come Running; The Thanks I Get For Loving You; I'm Gonna Hold On (To What I Got This Time).

Personnel: Candi Staton, vocals; various others.

Title: Candi Staton | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Honest Jons Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Bad Hombre CD/LP/Track Review Bad Hombre
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Aladdin's Dream CD/LP/Track Review Aladdin's Dream
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Glow of Benares CD/LP/Track Review Glow of Benares
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Magic Circle CD/LP/Track Review Magic Circle
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 12, 2017
Read A Gathering Foretold CD/LP/Track Review A Gathering Foretold
by Geannine Reid
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Swinging In The Holidays CD/LP/Track Review Swinging In The Holidays
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 11, 2017
Read "Beginnings" CD/LP/Track Review Beginnings
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 12, 2017
Read "Live in Concert" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Concert
by David Becker
Published: January 30, 2017
Read "The Elements" CD/LP/Track Review The Elements
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 25, 2017
Read "TajMo" CD/LP/Track Review TajMo
by James Nadal
Published: April 19, 2017
Read "Change Of Address" CD/LP/Track Review Change Of Address
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 6, 2017
Read "Get Up And Go" CD/LP/Track Review Get Up And Go
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 2, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!